I sometimes get asked for advice by friends or colleagues for suggestions on how their sibling, child, nephew, niece, or grandchild can establish a career as a professional dancer, and also, if it’s a career that will offer stability and longevity at some point.
For details on how to pursue a career in dance, check out my article, “The Professional Dancer’s Survival Kit”.
To learn about wages and salaries for dance instructors, check out the article, “Window Into Wages“, highlighting our Kiner Enterprises Inc. Dance Industry Report.
In the meantime, check out why professional dancers make great business people!
Qualities of a Professional Dancer:
Qualities of a Successful Business Person:
It’s no wonder that so many professional dancers are able to transition into, or compliment their passion for dance with a successful business career!
Whether it’s opening a dance studio, starting your own dance company or clothing line, publishing a dance magazine or website, or founding the 1st and only national dance teacher staffing agency in the U.S. (Kiner Enterprises Inc.), dancers are more business savvy than you think!
The main key, in my opinion, that separates the dancer, from the dancer/business person is the desire to create your own “Big Break”. Many dancers dream of getting their “Big Break” in their dance career, that one job, show, or gig that takes their career to the next level, and opens the doors of opportunity. They hope and dream, and wait around for someone to recognize their talent, and pave the way to success for them.
However, it is the dancer who is interested in creating their own “Big Break” that experiences the rewards of a successful business career. The journey of entrepreneurship is a complicated one, and the path to success is very bumpy, unpredictable, and doesn’t have the straightforward equation of “audition equals job”. But, it’s well worth the tumultuous journey!
My advice to any dancer interested in launching a career in business, whether it is dance-related or not, is, go for it! You already embody the innate qualities of a successful business person! The only thing holding you back is you! Good luck!